For 2018 our Festival Director Helen Kruger is moving to Australia and is passing on the baton to Stoke Newington locals Phillip Yeeles and John Hodgson.
Landscape of Haydn
This Programme follows the development of Haydn’s quartet writing from his first quartet written at the age of 29 to his last, written at 71.
Helen Kruger & John Crockatt violins, Nichola Blakey viola & Carina Drury cello
Haydn String Quartet in E flat major Op 1 No 1
Haydn String Quartet in C major Op 33 No 3
Haydn String Quartet in D minor Op 103
Now in their 10th year as an ensemble, Chelys Consort of Viols are passionate about exploring the world of music for multiple viols. Their debut recording of works by Christopher Simpson received a four-star review in the Guardian, and they hope to release their second disc, a recording with Emma Kirkby featuring the music of Dowland and others, later this year. In this concert they break free from their usual roles in the traditional consort line-up to delve into the repertoire for three bass viols: from the simple elegance of Gottfried Finger’s ͚Pastoralle, through sonatas by JM Nicolai and JS Bach to exquisite dance movements by the French masters of the viol Forqueray and Marais, this will be a feast for the ears.
Europe’s Musical Migrants
Consortium5, Recorder Quintet
Musicians have long moved between, beyond and despite borders. Consortium5 celebrate composers of Renaissance and Baroque Europe who struck out in search of study, support, expertise and inspiration. Including works by Victoria, Dowland, Bassano and Handel.
A program of masterpieces for violin solo from the eighteenth century. Tartini, perhaps the greatest violinist of his era, composed hundreds of works for his instrument including a fascinating set of “little” improvisatory sonatas for violin alone. Telemann’s fantasias for violin solo have long been favourites though this dark example in f minor is rarely heard. To end, the glorious sonata in A minor by Bach, one of the greatest works of music for violin found in the history of music!
Vienna in the late 1700s and early 1800s was a hive of musical creativity; Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert all lived and worked there – with the former, the so-called “father of the string quartet” proving to be a great inspiration to both of the younger composers. Haydn and Mozart are known to have played string quartets together. Indeed, Mozart dedicated a set of six quartets to his friend and inspiration. Mozart was a huge inspiration for Schubert, “O Mozart! Immortal Mozart! What countless impressions of a brighter, better life hast thou stamped upon our souls!”
The Consone Quartet celebrates these greats of the classical era in a programme of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.
Catherine Mackintosh and Friends
Happily for friendly music-making, baroque chamber music comes in all shapes and sizes. Our programme begins with music for all five of us, wanes one by one to a single player at the centre and then waxes one by one till we all play together again. It includes Catherine Mackintosh’s arrangements of Vivaldi’s Summer for 4 violins, Telemann’s humorous Gulliver Suite and works by Muffat, Fux, Geminiani, Bach and Purcell.
Unsung Heroine: the imagined history of troubadour Beatriz de Dia
The imagined history of troubadour Countess Beatriz de Dia.
A blending of history and fiction, this intimate concert/play takes you back to the heady atmosphere of 12th century Provence with plaintive songs and foot-stomping medieval dances.
Jan Chappell plays the redoubtable Beatriz, a feisty woman troubadour, trapped in a loveless marriage. She meets fellow troubadour Raimbaut d’Aurenga and they embark on a passionate affair. But Beatriz has enemies at court and as summer moves to autumn and events spiral inevitably towards their conclusion, Beatriz channels her feelings into her song A Chantar, the only troubadour song by a woman, where both poetry and melody survive.
Darkness & Light, Crucifixion & Resurrection, Despair & Joy:
Jonathan Rees plays J.S. Bach’s C minor and D major suites on four-string and five-string cellos.
The art of improvisation in Bach and Corelli
MONTEVERDI STRING BAND
In this intimate programme, Monteverdi String Band’s artistic director and bass violinist draw on their experience of 17th century string improvisation to explore later manifestations of the arts of ornamentation and accompaniment in masterworks by Arcangelo Corelli and Johann Sebastian Bach.
THE LITTLE BAROQUE COMPANY
Decadence, drama and delight – Bach’s Coffee Cantata as you’ve never seen it before! Fully costumed, this colourfully staged show presents Bach’s comic cantata depicting the rise of the coffee house in 18th-century Germany, re-imagined by Australian set and costume designer Elizabeth Gadsby.
The imagined Testimony of Hildegard of Bingen
Blurring the boundaries of drama/concert, this event explores the extraordinary life of Hildegard of Bingen, alongside her haunting and distinctive chant, with candlelight. ‘Vision’ aims to give an insight into the painful visionary experiences Hildegard suffered.
‘As our Sweet Cords and Discords Mixed be’
Recorder quintet Consortium5 celebrate one of the golden ages of English instrumental music, performing a rich array of In Nomines, Fantasias, Pavans and Galliards by composers including Dowland, Holborne, Tye, Purcell and Byrd.
All The Kings’ Men
A wealth of music from composers of the courts of Charles I and II; including works by Gibbons, Jenkins, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. This dramatic period of British History is brought to life through the music of the composers of the era.
Tales in Music: The Pigeon and the Albatross
THE LITTLE BAROQUE COMPANY
Written by Dominic Santangelo, this family concert depicts a tale of Nature in adversity, through the music of Telemann, Handel, Vivaldi and Biber. The Little Baroque Company weaves a dramatic scene, with heroic adventures of escape and friendship!